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Saturday's Daily Menu:

 

All times are Central

 

Nashville: RHP Mike Fiers at home vs. New Orleans (Marlins), 6:15 PM pre-game, 6:35 gametime

 

Free Live Audio Link

 

Jeff Hem is the play-by-play voice of the Sounds; follow him on Twitter @jeffhempbp; we'll link to his blog updates at On the Air…and Off

 

MiLB.TV -- for subscribers; all Nashville games, home and away, will be available to watch via MiLB.TV's $39.99 season-long package ($9.99 to pay for a single month). The audio feed is from the home team. All MiLB.TV details available at the link.

 

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Huntsville: RHP Taylor Jungmann at home vs. Chattanooga (Dodgers), 6:28 PM pre-game, 6:43 gametime

 

Free Live Audio Link -- Select the Huntsville feed from the MiLB main audio page

 

Alex Cohen is the play-by-play voice of the Stars; follow him on Twitter @alexmcohen. All games, home and away, are scheduled to be broadcast. It appears four Southern League teams air their home games on MiLB.TV, and we'll let you know when those dates pop up on the schedule

 

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Brevard County: Florida State League All-Star Game from Dunedin, 6:05 gametime

 

Free Live Audio Link via the Dunedin broadcast team

 

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Wisconsin: RHP Preston Gainey at Kane County (Cubs), 6:10 PM pre-game, 6:30 gametime

 

Free Live Audio Link - 1280 AM WNAM

 

Chris Mehring is back to do his customary fantastic work as the Voice of the Rattlers. Follow him on Twitter @CMehring; we'll link to Chris' infamous blog often -- Rattler Radio.

 

So for the $39.95 season-long package, fans in Brewer Nation can watch all Sounds games, Stars' road games from four Southern League locales, and all Timber Rattlers home games and some road games.

 

NOTE: 32 of the Rattlers' 70 home games will be broadcast on TV this season. Time Warner Cable SportsChannel has seventeen games scheduled and WACY-TV My NEW32 plans to show fifteen games. We'll let you know when, but won't be providing day-before DVR reminders, so regularly check for proper channel and time planning (scroll to the bottom of this link).

 

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DSL Brewers: at home vs. the DSL Blue Jays, 9:30 AM, although game data won't be available until later in the day

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Nick Ramirez won the FSL Home Run Derby today, including 13 HR in the final round of the competition.

 

 

Manatees' Ramirez wins Home Run Derby

 

Brevard County Manatees slugger Nick Ramirez won the Florida State League Home Run Derby on Saturday night in Dunedin.

 

Ramirez beat Daytona's Javier Baez and Clearwater's Maikel Franco with 13 home runs in the final.

 

The first baseman hit six in the first round.

 

Merritt Island graduate and Daytona Cubs third baseman Dustin Geiger got four home runs.

 

 

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Not just “at Night” anymore.
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Hoping that Fiers can at least find a happy medium between his AAA and major league numbers.

 

Jungmann... cruising. The three HRs he's given up in his last five outings are a bit concerning, but as I type this in his 50 innings since coming off the DL he has given up 30 hits.

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Final: Chattanooga 8 Huntsville 1

 

Huntsville and Chattanooga did not engage in an old fashioned pitchers duel tonight. Instead, a pinch hit grand slam in the 6th blew the game open and the Lookouts cruised to an 8-1 win Saturday night at The Joe. Stars starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann saw his streak of consecutive quality starts come to an end tonight. Jungmann (7-6, 4.13) worked 5 1/3 allowing 5 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2. Jungmann cruised through the first 5 innings, allowing a 2 out, 2 strike solo home run in the 3rd, but ran into trouble in the 6th. A couple of hits and a couple of walks and the Lookouts had taken a 2-1 lead when Jungmann was relieved by Dan Meadows. Meadows was brought in to face a lefty, but the Lookouts countered with right handed hitting Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Cavazos-Galvez cleared the bases with a grand slam. 3 of the runs were credited to Jungmann. In his 5 1/3 innings of work, Jungmann threw 88 pitches, 55 for strikes and had a 7-4 ground out to fly out ratio.

 

The Stars bullpen was needed for 3 2/3 innings tonight. Dan Meadows recorded the final 2 outs in the 6th. His line was 2/3 innings, 1 run, 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 home run allowed. Santo Manzanillo came in to pitch the 7th. He worked a clean inning, recording a strike out. Eric Marzec was called upon to work the 8th. He ended up only going 2/3 of an inning, leaving with an apparent injury. For the night, Marzec allowed 1 run on 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 1. Frankie De La Cruz finished the 8th and worked the 9th for Huntsville. He allowed 1 run on 1 hit, another pinch hit solo home run to lead off the 9th.

 

Huntsville Box Score

 

The Huntsville offense was again held in check by Lookouts pitching, managing only 1 run on 4 hits and 6 walks. Right fielder Kentrail Davis had half of the Stars hits, going 2-4 with a double and scoring the only Huntsville run. The run scored was Davis's team leading 41st. Brock Kjeldgaard had a single and shortstop Hector Gomez snapped an 0-29 run with a single in the 7th. Rene Tosoni drew 2 of the 6 Stars walks. Also drawing walks were Kjeldgaard, Nick Shaw, Adam Weisenburger, and Jason Rogers.

 

Team RISP: 0-for-10.

Team LOB: 10.

 

That's not going to get the job done.

 

Huntsville Play By Play

 

The Stars lone run was scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 3rd.

 

Huntsville Bottom of the 3rd

 

Hector Gomez grounds out, third baseman Osvaldo Martinez to first baseman Angelo Songco.

Kentrail Davis doubles (15) on a fly ball to center fielder Joc Pederson.

Jason Rogers grounds out, shortstop Miguel Rojas to first baseman Angelo Songco. Kentrail Davis to 3rd.

Rene Tosoni walks.

With Brock Kjeldgaard batting, Rene Tosoni steals (5) 2nd base. Wild pitch by pitcher Andres Santiago. Kentrail Davis scores.

Brock Kjeldgaard strikes out swinging.

 

The decisive Chattanooga 6th.

 

Chattanooga Top of the 6th

 

Rafael Ynoa singles on a line drive to left fielder Brock Kjeldgaard.

Miguel Rojas out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Taylor Jungmann to first baseman Jason Rogers. Rafael Ynoa to 2nd.

Joc Pederson singles on a ground ball to center fielder Rene Tosoni. Rafael Ynoa to 3rd.

With Blake Smith batting, Joc Pederson steals (19) 2nd base.

Blake Smith walks.

Osvaldo Martinez walks. Rafael Ynoa scores. Joc Pederson to 3rd. Blake Smith to 2nd.

Pitching Change: Daniel Meadows replaces Taylor Jungmann, batting 9th.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brian Cavazos-Galvez replaces Bobby Coyle.

Brian Cavazos-Galvez hits a grand slam (6) to left center field. Joc Pederson scores. Blake Smith scores. Osvaldo Martinez scores.

Griff Erickson walks.

Angelo Songco grounds into a double play, second baseman Nick Shaw to shortstop Hector Gomez to first baseman Jason Rogers. Griff Erickson out at 2nd.

 

Game 4 will be played tomorrow afternoon at The Joe. Righty Arcenio Leon (1-5, 7.05) was scheduled to start for the Stars. Game time is set for 4:03 Central with Stars radio announcer Alex Cohen kicking things off at 3:50 with the pre game show.

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Sounds Outslugged By Z's, 6-3

Nashville's Sean Halton Goes Yard Twice In Loss

Nashville Sounds

 

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Sean Halton (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Despite an impressive showing from the Pacific Coast League's hottest hitter Sean Halton, the Nashville Sounds were outslugged by the New Orleans Zephyrs 6-3 Saturday night in front of 10,011 fans at Greer Stadium.

 

Halton entered the game riding a season-best 10-game hitting streak and quickly extended the streak to 11 games with his home run in the second inning off New Orleans' starter Jared Rogers (2-1). The shot was driven hard over the left field wall and put the Sounds on top 1-0.

 

The slugger struck again in his next at-bat in the fourth inning, driving his second home run off the wall in left field. The shot scored two runs for the Sounds to make it 3-1.

 

The outing marks the eighth time a Sound has gone deep twice in one game, and is Halton's sixth two-homer game of his career.

 

But the Z's answered the Sounds' homers with two of their own. Kevin Kouzmanoff tied the game 1-1 in the fourth inning with a solo shot, but it was Donovan Solano's grand slam home run in the seventh that proved to be the decisive blow.

 

Sounds starting pitcher Mike Fiers was charged his second loss with Nashville, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. The right-handed pitcher delivered nine strikeouts to only two walks before leaving the game when a comebacker hit [h]is throwing arm.

 

Kyle Heckathorn entered the game for Fiers to close out the inning and stayed in for the eighth to deliver two walks and allow New Orleans their final run on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Jesus Sanchez also saw work from the mound, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

 

Rogers picked up the win for New Orleans, limiting the Sounds to three runs on four hits over six innings of work. Chris Hatcher pitched the ninth inning for the Z's to record his league-leading 22nd save.

 

Offensively, Halton and catcher Blake Lalli both finished two-for-four, while [stephen] Parker's double in the seventh was the team's only other extra-base hit.

 

The Sounds will look to get their first win of the four-game series against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA-Marlins) Sunday at Greer Stadium 2:05 p.m. for Father's Day, presented by Sport Clips. Throwing for Nashville will be RHP R.J. Seidel (1-3, 4.86) opposite the Z's RHP Doug Mathis (2-5, 3.50).

 

The Sounds will be wearing military jerseys as a part of Piedmont Natural Gas Military Sunday, where families and friends of service men and women can receive admissions for $5 with a valid Military ID.

 

 

Nashville Box

Hainley Statia: 1-4, CS

Lalli: 2-4, E (catcher interference)

Halton: 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Hunter Morris: 1-4

Khris Davis: 1-4

Parker: 1-3, 2B, BB

 

 

Nashville PbP

Fiers was cruising along with 1 ER through 6 IP, and then came the 7th inning...

 

New Orleans Top of the 7th

-Jake Smolinski singles on a ground ball to third baseman Stephen Parker.

-Kyle Skipworth strikes out swinging.

-Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Gorkys Hernandez replaces Jared Rogers.

-Gorkys Hernandez singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Khris Davis. Jake Smolinski to 2nd.

-Kevin Mattison reaches on catcher interference by Blake Lalli. Jake Smolinski to 3rd. Gorkys Hernandez to 2nd. Kevin Mattison to 1st.

-Donovan Solano hits a grand slam (1) to left center field. Jake Smolinski scores. Gorkys Hernandez scores. Kevin Mattison scores.

-Bryan Petersen strikes out swinging.

-Kevin Kouzmanoff singles on a line drive to pitcher Mike Fiers.

-Pitching Change: Kyle Heckathorn replaces Mike Fiers, batting 9th.

-Nick Green flies out to center fielder Josh Prince.

 

Here's hoping Mike is ok after taking that liner to his pitching arm.

 

 

Nashville Gameday

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Final: Wisconsin 11, Kane County (Cubs) 5

 

Early offense leads to big Rattlers win

Wisconsin goes up 7-0 early and cruises to win

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

 

GENEVA, IL - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers scored four runs in the first inning and three more in the second to build an early 7-0 lead on the way to an 11-5 win over the Kane County Cougars Saturday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. Victor Roache, Adam Giacalone, Mike Garza, and Max Walla each drove in two runs for Wisconsin in the game.

 

The Timber Rattlers (29-35) loaded the bases with one out against Kane County starting pitcher Dillon Maples. Orlando Arcia reached on an error, Tyrone Taylor singled, and Michael Reed drew a walk. Roache smacked the first pitch of his at bat to left for a two-run single and a 2-0 lead.

 

A walk to Giacalone reloaded the bases. Garza drew another walk from Maples to force in a run. Brent Dean knocked in the fourth run of the inning when he grounded into a force play at second.

 

Then, Walla was hit by a pitch thrown by Maples and the Cougars made a pitching change as the bases were reloaded. Justin Amlung entered the game and got the final out of the first.

 

But, Wisconsin got to Amlung for three runs in the top of the second inning. Arcia and Taylor started the inning with singles. Reed, who extended his on-base streak to 35 games with his walk in the first inning, doubled to right-center to drive in Arcia. Amlung got the first out, but Giacalone drove a single through the drawn in infield to plate both Taylor and Reed for a 7-0 Rattlers advantage.

 

Kane County (29-36) collected four hits and three runs against Wisconsin starting pitcher Preston Gainey in the bottom of the third. Bijan Rademacher knocked in the first run with a double. Later in the inning, Dan Vogelbach drove in Rademacher with a ground out. Jeimer Candelario plated the final run of the inning with a two-out RBI single.

 

Garza got one of those runs back with a two-out double in the top of the fourth inning to drive in Reed.

 

The Cougars made it 8-4 with an RBI single by Wilson Contreras in the bottom of the fourth.

 

Gainey worked a scoreless fifth inning and turn that 8-4 lead over to Eric Semmelhack for the sixth. Semmelhack kept the score at 8-4 as he worked three scoreless innings.

 

Then, the Rattlers tacked on three runs in the top of the ninth. Max Walla doubled to drive in two runs and scored later in the inning for an 11-4 lead.

 

The Cougars got the final run of the game when Rademacher homered to right with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Semmelhack ended the game by retiring the next batter. Semmelhack allowed three hits and one run in four innings of work to pick up his first professional save.

 

The win was the third straight for the Timber Rattlers.

 

Taylor went 3-for-6 and scored two runs for Wisconsin. Reed walked twice, stole two bases, drove in one run, and scored three runs for the Rattlers.

 

The final game of the series - and of the first half of the Midwest League schedule - is Sunday afternoon. Tyler Wagner (6-4, 3.00) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Kane County counters with Pierce Johnson (4-5, 3.45). Game time is 1:00pm. Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 12:40pm.

 

HOME RUN:

KC:

Bijan Rademacher (2nd, 9th inning off Eric Semmelhack, 2 out)

 

WP: Preston Gainey (3-5)

LP: Dillon Maples (0-2)

SAVE: Eric Semmelhack (1)

 

TIME: 3:07

ATTN: 6,803

 

Wisconsin Boxscore

With Tyrone Freaking Taylor's 3-6 effort his AVE all the way up to .294, if he had a couple of more games in the first half he might have broken .300.

 

Chris was talking during the game about the boys giving Michael Reed the business during batting practice because he doesn't even hit HRs there. That's too bad, because power is really the only part of his game he's missing, but that's a big part considering he's a corner OF. Hopefully he gets in the weight room or naturally develops more power.

 

Michael Garza has been a bit of an error machine, but he's sporting a .295 AVE and an .803 OPS. If can keep it going he'll be worth keeping an eye ala Greg Hopkins from last season.

 

Brad mentioned the surprising platoon of Alfredo Rodriguez and Chris McFarland in his Future of the Franchise: Second Base piece. I've been intentionally leaving it alone because there hasn't been any explanation, but I'd rather rotate Rodriguez between 2B, 22, and 3B to get him his ABs so that all of McFarland, Rodriquez, Arcia, and Garza are getting regular reps. Rodriguez profiles as a utility player best case, why not get him regular work all over the IF now? I'm not thrilled about Arica losing ABs in that scenario, but it's better than McFarland sitting half the games.

 

Wisconsin Recap

 

Fun for the whole family!

 

Wisconsin Top of the 1st

  • Alfredo Rodriguez walks.
    With Orlando Arcia batting, Alfredo Rodriguez caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Willson Contreras to second baseman Gioskar Amaya.
    Orlando Arcia reaches on a fielding error by second baseman Gioskar Amaya.
    Tyrone Taylor singles on a ground ball to left fielder Oliver Zapata. Orlando Arcia to 2nd.
    Michael Reed walks. Orlando Arcia to 3rd. Tyrone Taylor to 2nd.
    Victor Roache singles on a ground ball to left fielder Oliver Zapata. Orlando Arcia scores. Tyrone Taylor scores. Michael Reed to 2nd.
    Adam Giacalone walks. Michael Reed to 3rd. Victor Roache to 2nd.
    Mike Garza walks. Michael Reed scores. Victor Roache to 3rd. Adam Giacalone to 2nd.
    Brent Dean grounds into a force out, second baseman Gioskar Amaya to shortstop Marco Hernandez. Victor Roache scores. Adam Giacalone to 3rd. Mike Garza out at 2nd. Brent Dean to 1st.
    Max Walla hit by pitch. Brent Dean to 2nd.
    Pitching Change: Justin Amlung replaces Dillon Maples.
    Alfredo Rodriguez strikes out swinging.

 

Wisconsin Top of the 2nd

  • Orlando Arcia singles on a line drive to center fielder Albert Almora.
    Tyrone Taylor singles on a line drive to left fielder Oliver Zapata. Orlando Arcia to 2nd.
    Michael Reed doubles (12) on a fly ball to center fielder Albert Almora. Orlando Arcia scores. Tyrone Taylor to 3rd.
    Victor Roache pops out to catcher Willson Contreras in foul territory.
    Adam Giacalone singles on a ground ball to right fielder Reggie Golden. Tyrone Taylor scores. Michael Reed scores.
    Mike Garza grounds out, pitcher Justin Amlung to first baseman Dan Vogelbach. Adam Giacalone to 2nd.
    Brent Dean strikes out swinging, catcher Willson Contreras to first baseman Dan Vogelbach.

 

Wisconsin Top of the 9th

  • Adam Giacalone strikes out swinging.
    Mike Garza singles on a ground ball to shortstop Marco Hernandez.
    Brent Dean walks. Mike Garza to 2nd.
    Max Walla doubles (3) on a fly ball to right fielder Reggie Golden. Mike Garza scores. Brent Dean scores.
    Alfredo Rodriguez pops out to catcher Willson Contreras in foul territory.
    With Orlando Arcia batting, wild pitch by Lendy Castillo, Max Walla to 3rd.
    Orlando Arcia reaches on a throwing error by third baseman Jeimer Candelario. Max Walla scores.
    Tyrone Taylor grounds into a force out, third baseman Jeimer Candelario to second baseman Gioskar Amaya. Orlando Arcia out at 2nd.

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Final: DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL Brewers 3

 

The Cerveceritos fell to 3-10 as they dropped their 5th straight. Trailing 4-0 entering the bottom of the 6th, the good guys scored three to cut the deficit to 1:

 

DSL Brewers Bottom of the 6th

 

Pitching Change: Miguel Burgos replaces Alberto Guzman.

Gregory Munoz hit by pitch.

Daniel Leonardo walks. Gregory Munoz to 2nd.

Raphachel Colatosti singles on a fly ball to center fielder Juan Fuente. Gregory Munoz to 3rd. Daniel Leonardo to 2nd.

Juan Ortiz singles on a fly ball to center fielder Juan Fuente. Gregory Munoz scores. Daniel Leonardo scores. Raphachel Colatosti to 3rd.

Juan De Los Santos out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Leudy Garcia. Raphachel Colatosti scores.

Leudi Otano grounds into a force out, second baseman Deiferson Barreto to shortstop Richard Urena. Juan Ortiz out at 2nd. Leudi Otano to 1st.

With Sthervin Matos batting, Leudi Otano picked off and caught stealing 2nd base, pitcher Miguel Burgos to first baseman Michael De La Cruz to shortstop Richard Urena.

 

The bad guys tacked on insurance runs in the 8th and 9th that weren't needed.

 

Notice that in all five innings the Toronto newbies scored, they had help - just really messy stuff:

 

DSL Blue Jays Top of the 3rd

 

Leudy Garcia strikes out swinging.

Javier Hernandez pops out to first baseman Juan De Los Santos in foul territory.

Juan Fuente singles on a fly ball to center fielder Yerald Martinez.

With Deiferson Barreto batting, wild pitch by Joan De La Cruz, Juan Fuente to 2nd.

With Deiferson Barreto batting, Juan Fuente steals (4) 3rd base.

With Deiferson Barreto batting, wild pitch by Joan De La Cruz, Juan Fuente scores.

Deiferson Barreto singles on a fly ball to left fielder Juan Ortiz. Deiferson Barreto out at 2nd, left fielder Juan Ortiz to second baseman Raphachel Colatosti.

 

DSL Blue Jays Top of the 4th

 

Richard Urena grounds out, third baseman Sthervin Matos to first baseman Juan De Los Santos.

Michael De La Cruz pops out to catcher Kevin Martinez in foul territory.

Juan Kelly strikes out swinging. Wild pitch by pitcher Joan De La Cruz. Juan Kelly to 1st.

Juan Tejada doubles (5) on a fly ball to center fielder Yerald Martinez. Juan Kelly scores.

Ronniel Demorizi flies out to left fielder Juan Ortiz.

 

DSL Blue Jays Top of the 6th

 

Pitching Change: Angel Ventura replaces Joan De La Cruz.

Deiferson Barreto singles on a fly ball to center fielder Yerald Martinez.

With Richard Urena batting, passed ball by Kevin Martinez, Deiferson Barreto to 2nd.

Richard Urena singles on a fly ball to center fielder Yerald Martinez. Deiferson Barreto to 3rd.

With Michael De La Cruz batting, Richard Urena steals (2) 2nd base, Deiferson Barreto scores. Richard Urena to 3rd. Throwing error by catcher Kevin Martinez.

Michael De La Cruz walks.

Juan Kelly grounds into a double play, pitcher Angel Ventura to shortstop Gregory Munoz to first baseman Juan De Los Santos. Richard Urena scores. Michael De La Cruz out at 2nd.

Juan Tejada walks.

Ronniel Demorizi strikes out swinging.

 

DSL Blue Jays Top of the 8th

 

Deiferson Barreto walks.

With Richard Urena batting, Deiferson Barreto steals (3) 2nd base. Deiferson Barreto advances to 3rd, on a throwing error by catcher Kevin Martinez.

Richard Urena doubles (5) on a fly ball to center fielder Yerald Martinez. Deiferson Barreto scores.

Michael De La Cruz grounds out, second baseman Raphachel Colatosti to first baseman Juan De Los Santos. Richard Urena to 3rd.

Juan Kelly grounds out, shortstop Gregory Munoz to first baseman Juan De Los Santos.

Juan Tejada strikes out swinging.

 

DSL Blue Jays Top of the 9th

 

Yunior Santana remains in the game as the second baseman.

Ronniel Demorizi singles on a fly ball to center fielder Yerald Martinez.

Luis Dominguez strikes out swinging.

Javier Hernandez grounds into a force out, second baseman Yunior Santana to shortstop Gregory Munoz. Ronniel Demorizi out at 2nd. Javier Hernandez to 1st.

Juan Fuente singles on a ground ball to pitcher Angel Ventura. Javier Hernandez scores. Juan Fuente to 2nd. Throwing error by pitcher Angel Ventura.

Deiferson Barreto strikes out swinging, catcher Kevin Martinez to first baseman Juan De Los Santos.

 

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Really not much from an individual standpoint, although it's fun to type "18-year-old 6'3" LHP" when describing Joan De La Cruz. De La Cruz now has a 12-to-1 K-to-BB ratio nine innings into the season, nice. 2nd-year switch-hitting Venezuelan catcher Kevin Martinez, who had the tough game you see above defensively, is only 18 himself as well.

 

When Cerveceritos bats weren't missing the ball (12 K's), they were beating it into the ground (ten groundouts, one flyout).

 

DSL Brewers Box Score

 

DSL Brewers Game Log

Raphachel Colatosti stole 14 bases in 17 attempts in 2012, but was pinch-run for down two runs after reaching on an 8th inning error. Our cryptic game log review tells us he may have tweaked something on his way to first base.

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Chris was talking during the game about the boys giving Michael Reed the business during batting practice because he doesn't even hit HRs there. That's too bad, because power is really the only part of his game he's missing, but that's a big part considering he's a corner OF. Hopefully he gets in the weight room or naturally develops more power.

 

That would be cleanup hitter Michael Reed :)

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FINAL: FSL South 8, FSL North 1

 

Hanson homers, named All-Star MVP

Pirates prospect hits three-run blast to cap five-run fifth inning

By Jake Seiner / Special to MLB.com

 

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Alen Hanson acknowledges the crowd after earning All-Star MVP honors.

 

It's been a long three months for Alen Hanson. And that made his Saturday night all the sweeter.

 

The Pirates' No. 3 prospect was disappointed after hitting .255 without a homer in April and worked hard to climb out of the hole and emerge as one of the Florida State League's most dynamic players.

 

Hanson culminated that hard work by slugging a three-run homer and earning MVP honors as the South Division cruised past the North, 8-1, at the Florida State League All-Star Game in Dunedin.

 

"It's an honor, especially with the way I started the season," Hanson said through teammate Jonathan Rodriguez, who served as translator. "It wasn't quite the way I was expecting to start, so to get the opportunity to be an All-Star and perform like this is a dream come true for me."

 

Hanson, hitting .282 with a .773 OPS for the season, batted leadoff and went 1-for-5. Rodriguez and Palm Beach teammate Stephen Piscotty -- the Cardinals' No. 15 prospect -- also homered for the South. St. Lucie Mets left fielder Dustin Lawley pitched in with three hits.

 

The North took a 1-0 lead in the third after Yankees top prospect Gary Sanchez doubled and scored on a groundout by John Andreoli of the Daytona Cubs.

 

The South responded with a five-run fifth. Piscotty started it with a solo shot to right-center field, Lawley singled and Rodriguez walked before Curt Casali singled to load the bases. Charlotte Stone Crabs teammate Richie Shaffer lifted a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Lawley with the go-ahead run.

 

Hanson followed with a blast over the right-field fence, and the South never looked back.

 

"Prior to the at-bat, I was thinking that I wanted to help the team out with a sac fly or just put the ball in play and get the run in to tie the game," Hanson said. "After Shaffer got the sac fly, I just went up there looking for a pitch to hit up in the zone. I got it and put good wood on it."

 

Hanson called the experience "one of the best times so far in [my] career," adding it was especially enjoyable to compete with and against players he knew from his days in the Dominican Republic, like Rodriguez, Maikel Franco, Melvin Mercedes and Kennys Vargas.

 

"Actually being able to be at the All-Star Game and to be in the Home Run Derby with guys I know from back home, I enjoyed every moment," Hanson said. "I enjoyed it as much as possible. And to cap it off by having the game that I had at the plate and to win the game, it was fun."

 

Hanson was joined in the Home Run Derby by Lawley and Piscotty, among others. Lawley and Piscotty tied with North Division All-Stars Javier Baez and Nick Ramirez with six homers after the first round.

 

Because Baez and Ramirez had more homers coming into the Derby, they advanced to the finals, while Lawley and Piscotty were eliminated. The South duo got the last laugh, though, with Piscotty going deep and Lawley registering a game-high three hits with two runs scored in four at-bats in Saturday's game.

 

"I'll always remember that," Lawley said of his first professional All-Star Game. "It was cool. It was real laid-back and relaxed and everyone just went out and played like they know how to play. Really just relaxed out there, and it was fun."

 

For the North, Baez -- the Cubs' top prospect who was five days removed from a record-tying four-homer game -- doubled twice, while Sanchez and Carlos Alonso supplied the only other hits. Baez lost to Ramirez in the final of the Home Run Derby.

 

Mets No. 3 prospect Noah Syndergaard picked up the win with a scoreless inning.

 

 

FSL All Star Game Box Score

 

BC Hitters

Cameron Garfield: 0-1

Nick Ramirez: 0-3

 

BC Pitchers

David Goforth(BS, 1)(L,0-1): 1.0 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2 HR

 

 

FSL All Star Game Play-by-Play

 

David Goforth came on to pitch the 5th inning for the North with a 1-0 lead, and things went "South" in a hurry (Pun Intended):

 

FSL South All Stars Top of the 5th

  • -Defensive Substitution: Maikel Franco replaces third baseman Andy Burns, batting 3rd, playing third base.
    -Pitching Change: David Goforth replaces Scott Copeland.
    -Stephen Piscotty homers (1) on a fly ball to right center field.
    -Dustin Lawley singles on a line drive to center fielder John Andreoli.
    -Jonathan Rodriguez walks. Dustin Lawley to 2nd.
    -Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Curt Casali replaces Austin Barnes.
    -Curt Casali singles on a ground ball to right fielder Aaron Altherr. Dustin Lawley to 3rd. Jonathan Rodriguez to 2nd.
    -Richie Shaffer out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Jeff McVaney. Dustin Lawley scores.
    -Alen Hanson homers (1) on a fly ball to right field. Jonathan Rodriguez scores. Curt Casali scores.
    -T. J. Rivera grounds out sharply, pitcher David Goforth to first baseman Dustin Geiger.
    -Isaac Galloway grounds out, pitcher David Goforth to first baseman Dustin Geiger.

 

FSL All Star Game Gameday

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Hoping that Fiers can at least find a happy medium between his AAA and major league numbers.

 

Jungmann... cruising. The three HRs he's given up in his last five outings are a bit concerning, but as I type this in his 50 innings since coming off the DL he has given up 30 hits.

Literally within five minutes of typing this Fiers gave up a grand slam and Meadows, relieving Jungmann, gave up a grand slam with three of the runners attributed to Jungmann.

 

I'm done.

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It is a classy brawl because a Cards' affiliate was involved? Video at the link.

 

Brawl mars Redbirds-Isotopes game

 

Impressive.

 

Actually for me, the item to note is the excellent work done by the Isotopes announcer (Josh Suchon, I believe) -- not an easy thing to describe working solo on radio. Composed while painting the picture well for those not in the stands, and then providing game background from earlier to put the brawl in context.

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